Deer Moon Astrology 2/17/2020

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The hero, in living her own life, in being true to herself; radiates a light by which others may see their own way.

Laurence Boldt

Mercury turns retrograde today in a highly nebulous atmosphere where intuition offers our only hope for finding a valuable sense of direction. There is an adventurous streak in today’s environment that may encourage us to take some big risks even when the potential rewards are pretty thin. Independence is increasing. Although our sense of responsibility is also building, we are more likely to feel responsible to ourselves and our personal vision, rather than any sort of cooperative or collaborative initiative. Self-sufficiency may obscure our ability to recognize the investments we have made to develop cooperation. Nonetheless, with enough detachment, there are still opportunities today to identify like-minded allies.

THE WEEK AHEAD: Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces this week which produces waves of foggy confusion but also inspired, intuitive creativity. Mars arrives in Capricorn to begin the week. In Capricorn, Mars is exalted and finds structure to channel our energy into productive efforts. However, under the retrograde Mercury, our intellectual capacity is clipped and fuzzy. We need to rely on intuition in order to navigate this week’s shifts, which feel particularly challenging in terms of working within entrenched structures. We need intuition, rather than intellect, in order to make our efforts effective and productive. We are likely to be tempted to look for ways to blend in and avoid crucial interaction in order to protect our integrity and our independence. This is a protective crouch that may suggest that we are fearful. However, if we feel threatened or face challenges, we do respond forcefully, perhaps even surprising ourselves with the intensity of our defense. So we are less likely to be afraid of speaking up but rather, we are protective of our ideas and see the potential of being misunderstood as a reason to hold back. Essentially, we are likely to see the Piscean shyness on display but we will see the surprising slap from the from the Piscean fish’s tail if we make challenges based on perceived fear or weakness. Intuition is further supported by the Sun’s arrival in Pisces on Tuesday evening. By the beginning of next week, at next Sunday’s Pisces New Moon (7:06 AM PST 4° Pisces) our determination will become even more apparent and our intuitive insight becomes clearer. However, we will need to be prepared to be patient and defuse any anger or defensiveness as Mars approaches the South Node. If we can use this week to identify the areas that need resolution or closure, we will be especially well prepared for next week’s shifts in direction.

ASTROLOGICAL SNAPSHOT

 Today is the 48th day of 2020
31 days until Spring equinox
0 days until Mercury goes Retrograde
320 days until 2021

Sun is in Aquarius
Moon is in Sagittarius
Mercury is retrograde in Pisces
Venus is in Aries
Mars is in Sagittarius
Jupiter is in Capricorn
Saturn is in Capricorn
Uranus is in Taurus
Neptune is in Pisces
Pluto is in Capricorn
Chiron is in Aries

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